Cold Brew Made At Home

Cold Brew Made At Home

It’s finally above freezing 50% of the time, at least here in WNC.  As far as I am concerned, that means it’s cold brew season. Who doesn’t love the robust flavor and silky texture of a fresh cold brew coffee, maybe with a splash of cream?? Not only does cold brew taste delicious, it has more caffeine than hot brewed coffee and so I get an extra energy boost! What I do not love, however, is the price. True cold…

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Delicious and Nutritious Smoothies

Delicious and Nutritious Smoothies

Fruits and veggies! Who doesn’t want to eat more fruits and veggies?? It’s the perpetual New Years Eve resolution- to get healthier, eat better…sound familiar? But how do you make a lifestyle change that really sticks? For my family, the solution was smoothies. But like everything I add to my routine, it needs to be fast, convenient and economical. For starters, I’m not paying $10 for a smoothie at a juice bar or $500 for a VitaMix. I do have a…

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Homemade “Instant” Oatmeal

Homemade “Instant” Oatmeal

Morning madness Breakfast is my least consistent meal. I have difficulty finding the time to prepare and eat something healthy.  The thought of eating a stale, dry breakfast bar out of a wrapper makes me gag (and the healthier and less sugar added the more sawdust-esque the texture). Sometimes, I’ll just grab a banana (better than nothing), or if I’m commuting to work, I’ll be bad and go through the Starbucks drive-through for coffee and an oatmeal. Now, I am…

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Seeds of change Part 3

Seeds of change Part 3

We have babies! Well, vegetable babies. And they are so cute! Most seeds sprouted a few days after planting. However, I will admit life got crazy (my usual excuse) and I forgot to water them for a day or two….The tomatoes and the basil perked right up, but the oregano and thyme haven’t quite recovered. And since I’m being totally honest here, the peppers never germinated at all. Today I planted fresh pepper seeds and will see if I can…

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Seeds of Change Part 2

Seeds of Change Part 2

Starting from seed This year, my goal is to start the majority of my plants from seed. After doing a little research, I found many techniques, but really it comes down to a few basic variables: light, heat and moisture. In essence, you need a small vessel in which to start the seed in the soil, a way to keep it warm and moist, and the opportunity for lots of light (natural or otherwise). In this post, I’ll break down…

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Coconut Macaroon Bites

Coconut Macaroon Bites

I’ll be honest- I’m not much of a baker. Simple breads, biscuits and rolls I can handle, but complex cakes and desserts are challenging for me, so I tend to avoid these recipes. Also, I have no willpower and can’t stop myself from stuffing my face full of carbs if they are just sitting on the counter. Dessert in my house is usually just plain old fruit, and if I’m feeling fancy I’ll make some fresh whipped cream. Actually, I…

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Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Giving homemade cleaner a boost Recently, a co-worker had a great question about my homemade cleaner. Does this formula disinfect? My answer was that I thought  adding tea tree oil would help kill germs, but I wasn’t certain. I typically steer clear of commercial disinfectants for several reasons. The potential for antimicrobial resistance and the effects on humans and animals top my list (see this article from Science Daily). So, I decided to do a little research about how to fight these bugs…

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The Seeds of Change Part 1

The Seeds of Change Part 1

I’m no green thumb Houseplants are lucky if they survive in my care. My yard rarely gets pruned and isn’t adequately mulched. But, I wanted to grow our  own food, and with no experience, my results were mixed to say the least! Maybe you want to start gardening too and don’t know where to start. Read on about my mistakes, improvements and results, and maybe we can grow together 🙂 My rough start Two years ago, when we first moved…

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Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reusable Grocery Bags, duh. The concept of reusable grocery bags is not earth shattering news. Most people own a few, and some people even remember to take them to the grocery store! I finally started keeping mine in a designated spot next to the garage door, and now I seldom forget them. If you don’t already have reusable bags, they are a cheap and useful investment. These bags are sturdier and larger than the flimsy plastic grocery store bags and…

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No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread

Never buy store bought bread again! Seriously, this is the ingredient list for no-knead bread: I mean, you can’t really pass this up.  The opportunity to make warm, soft, delicious bread with only 3 ingredients! And from a health perspective it’s also a winner (especially if you use whole wheat flour) as store bought bread is full of random preservatives and added sugars. Plus, bread out of a bag never really tastes good. It takes a little time… The only…

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